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Building the Nation Henry Barlow (Uganda)

Today I did my share In building the nation.
I drove a Permanent Secretary
To an important, urgent function
In fact, to a luncheon at the Vic.

The menu reflected its importance
Cold bell beer with small talk,
Then fried chicken with niceties
Wine to fill the hollowness of the laughs
Ice-cream to cover the stereotype jokes Coffee to keep the PS awake on the return journey.

I drove the Permanent Secretary back.
He yawned many times in back of the car Then to keep awake, he suddenly asked,
Did you have any lunch friend?
I replied looking straight ahead
And secretly smiling at his belated concern That I had not, but was slimming!

Upon which he said with a seriousness
That amused more than annoyed me,
Mwananchi, I too had none!
I attended to matters of state.
Highly delicate diplomatic duties you know, And friend, it goes against my grain,
Causes me stomach ulcers and wind.
Ah, he continued, yawning again,
The pains we suffer in building the nation!

 So the PS had ulcers too!
My ulcers I think are equally painful
Only they are caused by hunger,
Not sumptuous lunches!

So two nation builders
Arrived home this evening
With terrible stomach pains
The result of building the nation --
Different ways.

Due To This Poem,there Are Various Themes One Of The Major Theme Found In This Poem Is The Missuse Of The Public Resources.
It Seems That The Rulling Classes Use Their Power To Undermine The Lower Working Classes.
The Ps Use The Public Resource For His Only Interest And Not The Interest Of His People.The Persona Said.....
"...I Drove A Permanent Secretary An Important Urgent Function.....Infact To The Luncheon At The Vie..."
 Thanks Emanuel for your perpetuation
 yes..other theme is oppression, P S oppress citizen by being unfair.
Also there is another themes such as hypocrisy it seem that in a permanent secretary

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Also there is another theme hypocrisy in a poem a permanent secretary when they are in a road he asked a driver did you get anything and also to continue enjoying him and not give him anything while the permanent secretary is already eat

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it helped
There is the issue of classes.. The first class is that of the priviledged few the minority who build the nation while their stomachs are full.. The 2nd class is that of the majority... These one build the nation while their stomachs are empty... Thanks